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Ducati April 12, 2019 posted by

Tricolore: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS

The 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS was Bologna’s first in earnest attempt at a truly ludicrous hooligan machine, and an early salvo in what is now a full-blown war to build the scariest supernaked. These days, it’s not rare to see 150-odd horsepower stuffed into a trellis frame with upright bars, but back in ’08, the 120-horsepower S4RS pretty much stopped everyone in their tracks.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

Here was a bike with the suspension and horsepower just shy of a club racer and a riding position closer to a Triumph Bonneville than a 1098. Oh, and a healthy enthusiasm for pointing the front wheel at the heavens. The Ohlins suspension, gorgeous trellis frame and the love-it-or-hate-it Italian flag paint left absolutely nothing to the imagination about this thing’s intentions.

This 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore is one of 400 in this paint scheme, and is claimed to be exactly as it left the factory. It has seen just 7,000 miles, and appears to be pretty much spotless. That’s not small feat, given that the Monster is all nooks and crannies where dirt can gather covered by the barest minimum of bodywork.

From the eBay listing:

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore 1 of 400!!!! This is a Super Rare 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore Model With Just 7k Miles!! This is a very low mile S4RS that is Collector quality! This was meticulously maintained and cared for. This bike has never been down with no marks on it. It is a collector bike and only going up in Value!! 100% original!

The seller is shooting for the moon on the price, but there is little doubt that these bikes will stay desirable. Still, for that price, a bit more description and a lot more pictures would go a long, long way.

Tricolore: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS
Ducati January 22, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!

Ducati has always been known as a performance company. But one of the key elements that stands them apart is that Ducati has always been a styling company as well. Not content with just performance, Ducati has consistently set the standard when it comes to defining a new trend. This was always the case with sport bikes, but Ducati was able to successfully transcend the performance game into the naked cruiser segment with the ultra-popular Monster line. Popular in a non-threatening way, the Monster lineup attracted riders of all types and ages. Ducati was quick to draw the line as wide as possible, incorporating a spread of displacements and even utilizing the liquid-cooled, 4 valve Superbike motors. But the mainstay of the line was always the air-cooled Desmodue, such as today’s featured listing S2R 1000.

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000!

Based on the dual-spark 1000c SuperSport motor, the S2R incorporates all of the go-fast goodies you would expect, but in an artfully simplistic manner. Instead of yards of carbon fiber / plastic bodywork, the Monster leaves it all out in the open. As a result, these bikes appear muscular and solid. Check out the single sided swing arm. Pull straight off the sport bikes, the Monster sports a slightly relaxed geometry more suited to the streets and boulevards. Fuel injection simplifies cold starting, and gearing is set a bit lower. Seating position is more upright, with good leverage with the wider, flatter bars. Optimized for normal speeds but quite capable of rapid transit, the S2R has all of the goodness you would expect from a SuperSport Ducati – with a fashion Barbie outfit change.

From the seller:
2006 Ducati monster S2R1000 with only 3,987 miles. Runs perfect (ridden regularly even though short highway distances).

Mivv carbon-fiber exhaust, Cycle Cat open clutch cover, Rizoma brake/clutch reservoirs/grips. Ducati Performance carbon-fiber front wheel fender/belly pan/chain guard, and lastly fender eliminator with LED taillight including front/rear turn signals. Only imperfection is a tiny paint bubble the size of a green pea (as shown/circled) on left side of tank.

I have the original mirrors, front faring, rear pegs, clutch cover, chain guard, and all keys including RED key and key card (as shown in pic). Also NO dreaded “tank swell” as some of these have (can be seen in the picture where the clip is that holds the tank in place).

Price: $5,999
Contact: Mike – (305) 318-3499 NO TEXTS

The Monster platform is so solid that it makes an excellent basis for modification. All the requisite Ducati performance parts apply here and work well. The cafe racer look is easily obtainable. Ducati themselves took it so far as to create a Carl Fogarty Limited Edition Monster. That’s right, Foggy is immortalized not with a R spec Superbike, but rather a R spec Monster. RSBFS reader Mike has done something similar here, with his S2R model. With a pile of carbon fiber goodies and gorgeous exhaust, Mike has managed to build a very clean Monster – even tighter and more clipped than the original. And not only do you get the output of the build, but there are many OE takeoff parts included as part of the sale. What a bargain!

The Monster is quite possibly the most approachable of the Ducati offerings. It looks right, it sounds right and it goes like you would expect a 2-valve Desmo to go – with torque everywhere. This is not anecdotal, as I have one in the stable (although my wife utilizes it nearly exclusively as her commuter). The S2R is a fantastic riding platform, and promises all of the longevity of every other Pantah-based powered Ducati. This one has fewer than 4,000 miles on it, meaning that it has a LOT of life yet to give. It looks fantastic and is sure to stand out in a crowd. That ask on this is $5,999. For the price you get a lot of performance parts and the stock parts too. Win! If you are interested, give a shout out to Mike: (305) 318-3499 NO TEXTS . Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!
Ducati January 22, 2018 posted by

Time Capsule: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 with Just 931 Miles for Sale!

It’s arguable whether or not Ducati’s iconic Monster actually started the naked bike craze. Certainly, the Honda Hawk GT and CB-1 beat it to market by more than a couple years, but were relative failures and certainly didn’t spark the public’s imagination in the same way: being first to market doesn’t really mean much if you’re so far ahead of the curve that no one buys your innovative product. And Triumph introduced their Speed Triple just a year or so later and that’s been a popular class benchmark for years now. But you can’t really dispute that the Monster saved Ducati from financial ruin and has remained one of their best-selling, most accessible models. From the start, it managed to be enough of an authentic Ducati to capture the company’s racing mystique, while being cost-effective enough to generate good profits for the eternally cash-starved company.

The secret? This iconic Italian motorcycle is a parts-bin lash-up: basically, the only new parts were the gas tank, the seat, and the plastic instrument surround. Everything else was sitting right there on the shelf. The frame? From the 888, obviously a terrific place to start. The engine? Ducati’s air and oil-cooled, two-valve v-twin with a six-speed gearbox and dry clutch pulled straight from the 900SS. The suspension and wheels were from the base model 900SS, with fairly crude, non-adjustable forks up front, but it all worked fine for the bike’s mission and kept costs down. It didn’t even come with a tachometer at first, just the big, white-faced Veglia speedometer from the 900SS and a bank of giant, square idiot lights.

The lack of a tachometer might seem like a serious oversight but, frankly, while the 900SS engine may be redlined at 9,000 rpm, it runs out of puff much earlier, especially in the carbureted form seen here, so there’s really no need to wind it out towards the hypothetical redline to make the most of the bike’s claimed 75 hp. Even as late as the Dual-Spark 1100, Ducati’s two-valve twin has always been about the midrange, and that suits the Monster’s “sexy urban hooligan” image to a T. Just be careful or your carefully-cultivated sexy urban hooligan image may take a hit when you try to pull a quick u-turn and run afoul of the bike’s shockingly limited steering lock. Stock gearing was a bit tall for actual urban riding, but is easily changed if that’s where you spend most of your time.

The Monster is a blast to squirt from stoplight to stoplight, and the Brembo brakes were pretty much industry standard at the time and haul the bike down quickly, given the bike’s 407lb dry weight. Of course, the bike’s parts-bin nature meant upgrades were sitting down at your local Ducati dealer or at the breaker’s yard: the fully-adjustable rear shock from the 851 bolts right into place, adjustable forks from the SS/SP slide into the triple clamps with no fuss and even use the stock brakes and front wheel. Big-bore and high-compression kits exist to take your Monster to a fire-breathing 90hp and beyond, although it’s not really going to give anything modern a hard time and you’ll impact reliability. And of course in the years following the bike’s introduction, an entire aftermarket industry sprang up to create a wealth of bolt-ons and dodads and carbon-fiber farkles to make your Monster one-of-a-kind.

All of which makes the Monster sort of like an Italian Harley-Davidson Sportster, but 2/3 the weight and less likely to ground out at the first sign of a corner.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale

This is it. Where it all started for the Monster Era. 1994 was the very first year for the Monster in the USA and i am proud to present this amazing piece of Ducati history for auction today. This is an all original 1994 Ducati Monster 900 with 931 ORIGINAL miles on it. Yes, you read that right. 931 miles. This is an amazing machine that has been extremely well preserved and retains all of its originality down to the original Michelin M89 Tires with no dry rot!  I am the second owner of this bike, however, it was never titled in my name so it is technically an original 1 owner bike. I have a clean NYS title in the original owners name with the mileage on the title as 00002. I have some great original documentation on the bike including the original Ducati owners identification card and Ducati limited warenty for street motorcycles paperwork. Papers you received when purchasing the bike new. I also have the original mirrors that will go with the bike in the sale as well as another set of factory exhaust cans i aquired that are brand new originals. Two original Ducati Keys as well. This bike still retains the original oil from Ducati! As you can see the original exhaust cans and even the big licence plate bracket that everyone removed back then, remains. This is truly a collector piece for anyone looking to have in their motorcycle collection. With that said, this machine can be ridden as well. The bike runs absolutely flawless. I own a motorcycle repair shop here on Long Island and personally own and did the carb service on this machine. Carbs were removed, cleaned in an carburetor acid bath and fully rebuilt with all new parts I.E. float needles, gaskets, o-rings, float bowl gaskets etc. Fuel tank does not have a drop of rust in it anywhere as this bike has been stored in a heat controlled area since new. If someone purchases the bike locally and chooses to ride this machine, i would love to see the bike come back to my shop for any service work. The paint on the bike i would say is a 9.5 out of 10. Giving the .5 to two extremely small nicks all the way at the front of the fuel tank as seen in pic. Some touch up paint and you wouldn’t notice. There is also come scratches on both left and right side foot rest brackets i can only assume is either from someone transporting the bike and it got scratched from incorectly strapping it down or the original owner had something on his boots that scratched it up. Never the less, with some paint, it can def be repaired/touched up. Just want to be 100%. Other then that, as you can see, the bike is flawless and retains all of its original components. Factory EVERYTHING. Factory tool kit is under the seat as well.  I can honestly say i challenge anyone to find another first year M900 monster in this color combo, with this mileage and condition anywhere in the world. I feel you will be hard pressed to find another and that owning this machine is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will not come around again. These bikes are just not around anymore and if you do see one, it has a ton of miles on it and is most likely run down. With 931 miles on it, its a true collectors piece and will be as close to a new bike as you will get. I have no problems with a local sale and anyone that would like to come see it personally is absolutely welcome to do so. I also have no problems shipping the bike. It will be the buyers responsibility to arrange/pay with shipping but i will help with this any way that i possibly can. Please, if you aren’t fully prepared to purchase, do not have the money on hand, or any other issues pertaining to an easy smooth sale, please refrain from continuing with my auction. Anyone truly interested in owning this motorcycle is welcome to call me directly at 631-872-5009. My name is Jay. This is a land line number so please do not text. I have tons of pics so if there is something you specifically want to see, please let me know. Starting bid will be $1.00, so bid to win! Buyer will be responsible for a $200.00 non-refundable deposit via pay pal after the sale of the bike. The remaining balance must be made by either bank wire transfer or cash in hand. The machine will not leave my possession until funds are cleared or cash in my hand. Whoever purchases this bike is getting a true original historical piece that will only go up in value. A true investment if you will. I do not have to sell it, but unfortunately i have a few to many toys and not enough space.

I also have a set of original FG Italy front and rear stands that are period correct for this bike that i am open to selling to the winner of the bike if he/she wants them. The rear can be seen in pic. They will NOT be included in this auction.

Thank you and happy bidding!

So obviously, you may be thinking, “Yeah, the Monster may have saved Ducati from being a motorcycling footnote, but these things are freaking everywhere!” And they are. But what we’re looking at here is probably one of most pristine examples in existence, with just 931 miles on the odometer, in relatively unusual metallic black. Bidding seems stalled out at $6,000 with the reserve not met. That’s obviously very high for a Monster, but a pretty fair price for a classic, practical roadster, especially one that was featured in the Guggenheim’s Art of the Motorcycle exhibit.

-tad

Time Capsule: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 with Just 931 Miles for Sale!
Ducati June 15, 2017 posted by

Low-Mile Monster: 1999 Ducati M900 Cromo for Sale

Nice first-generation Ducati M900 Monsters are getting very hard to find: they’ve been very affordable machines for the past few years and get used accordingly, ridden hard instead of being squirreled away in garages as collector items. Certainly, that’s what I’ve done with mine… But if you’re looking for a pristine machine to ride or if you’re a speculator expecting them to increase in value, you can’t go wrong with this very nice, low-mileage Monster Cromo… Assuming you don’t get blinded looking at it!

The 1999 Monster was the end of the line for the carbureted engine, as it was followed by the 900ie in 2000 that featured fuel injection. Whether that’s a plus or a minus is up for debate: purists might prefer the carburetors, but the fuel injection system used was a good one, and certainly makes maintenance simpler. It also used the frame originally borrowed from the 888, whereas later Monsters switched to an ST2-derived item that increased stability, but was claimed by critics to be less agile.

Basically, the Monster was a parts-bin special: a superbike frame that had seen plenty of racetrack development, an existing air-cooled two-valve engine for modest performance and tons of character, along with off-the-shelf, budget suspension that worked great for point-and-squirt antics and posing. Basically, the only new parts were the dash, the tank, and the tail. It was relatively affordable, stylish, fun, and simple. The parts-bin quality actually makes the Monster great for customizers, as many bits from other Ducati models will fit. In fact, today’s Monster Cromo was one of Ducati’s first attempts at a limited-edition, custom-style machine.

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Ducati Monster Cromo for Sale

Pristine, 1300 mile Ducati M900 Monster Cromo. Carbureted, only 101 imported into the U.S.

In 1999, Ducati released a special edition of the Monster. They called it the Cromo, and it was obviously named due to the distinctive tank, which was complemented by a carbon fiber rear seat cover and rear fender. It also got adjustable front forks and the high-po 74 horsepower engine.

This Monster Cromo is as nice as you will find. I bought it as a rider, finding out later how rare this model is. Should go to a Ducati collector. Besides a little age related fading on the carbon fiber fenders, this bike is almost showroom quality. A professional or dedicated detailing would bring it to that standard. Tank is gorgeous and blinding with no dents. no corrosion on the bike, seat is like new.

Starts, runs, rides, stops, shifts out like a 1300 mile bike. Not even broken in yet. When I got it I aired up the tires, flushed the hydraulic fluid in the clutch, cleaned, tightened and lubed the chain and rode it one time. Fires instantly, all electrics work as they should. Did not want to do anymore riding until I replaced the original tires and timing belts.

NOTE: I PULLED THE HORIZONTAL CYLINDER TO CHECK THE BELT TODAY (6/8) LOOKS LIKE NEW. SOFT PLIABLE, NO CRACKS, FRAYING, ETC.

This is a stunning motorcycle. Always garage stored.

Clear title in my name. Owners manual, Ducati service manual, both keys, original selling dealer folder. Also a quick release tank bag that mounts to the gas filler bracket and does not touch the tank when mounted. Wired for 12 volt accessories.

I’m assuming he means that he pulled the belt cover for the horizontal cylinder, not the cylinder… With just 1,900 miles on the odometer, this is an extremely nice Ducati Monster and is completely stock, including that famously awful rear fender, and the faded front and rear carbon mudguards are available from the aftermarket if their condition offends. The $7,999 asking price is very high for a Ducati Monster, but seems reasonable considering the rarity and quality. If the tank is a bit too much for your subtle tastes, you can always remove the chromed part and store it or sell it and replace it with a less… bling-y item. Maybe a carbon-fiber tank?

-tad

Ducati January 23, 2017 posted by

Diamond in the Rough: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale

The very definition of an “affordable exotic,” the Ducati Monster M900 was designed from the beginning to be cost-effective: their proven air and oil-cooled two-valve v-twin and six-speed gearbox combo, the frame from the 851 with suspension, wheels and brakes from the 900SS meant everything except the minimal bodywork was off-the-shelf. Originally available in 904cc format, a 750cc version with a wet-clutch and five-speed gearbox was soon added to the lineup, followed by an anemic 600 and then a whole host of other displacements, including the liquid-cooled S4 and superbike-powered S4RS. The 916 may have been an icon of motorcycle design, but Ducati never could have sold enough of them to keep the company in the black and the Monster is the main reason they’re still around today.

The original bike used fairly crude, non-adjustable Showa or Marzocchi forks and a simple shock out back, and this limits handling if you’re planning to really tear up the back roads. But it’s easy to swap in more sophisticated bits from the later Monster 900S, the SS/SP, or even the entire front end from a 748, and shocks are readily available at a variety of price points. Hey, the 851 shock will fit, if you can find one! Certainly, the engine won’t set the world on fire, but more performance is available there as well, if you’ve got money to burn. But even in stock form, it moves the bike along smartly, considering its relative light weight, and there’s a reason it’s often mentioned as one of the most charismatic motorcycle engines of all time.

Today’s example is in good condition and has extremely low mileage. It appears to be in stock form, other than the non-original side panels, chopped tail, missing rear fender, and those reverse-cone mufflers. If you don’t like the pipes, you can certainly find stock parts easily enough on eBay, or just get yourself a nice set of aftermarket carbon cans for improved boom and lighter weight. Or buy some of the original cans on the cheap and “core” them for a stock look and a very not-stock sound. The oil-cooler is also mounted at a strange angle, but that should be an easy fix. Note: while I’m a big fan of the tail chop, it does require a couple bits of projecting frame be removed. It’s an aesthetic improvement but once you cut them, you can’t go back.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale

I have a 1994 Ducati M900 for sale. Motorcycle has been well maintained with one adult owner. VERY LOW MILES – 4830. This Ducati Monster was originally purchased from Burcham Cycles and serviced at Richmond Superbike. We recently performed a full service including timing belts replaced.  Bike Runs and Sounds Great!!!

Upgrades:

  • Front Carbon Fiber Mudguard
  • Aftermarket Exhaust
  • Jetted Carbs
  • Bar End Mirrors

Obviously, Ducati sold a boatload of these: they kept the company afloat through some difficult years. But since they were cheap, many were bought and ridden more than they were cherished and displayed, so it’s pretty hard to find them in good condition these days. Even nice Monsters can be had for very reasonable money: bidding on this one is up to just $3,500 with a couple days left on the auction. Obviously maintenance for a Ducati will cost you more than for other, less exotic motorcycles, but the two-valve Desmodue engine is relatively simple to work on, parts are reasonable, and the bike is surprisingly reliable, although electrics can reportedly be troublesome on some examples. Italian bikes and cars seem to suffer when they sit still, so my advice? Buy this budget exotic and ride it.

-tad

Diamond in the Rough: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale
Ducati November 18, 2016 posted by

Monster Mash: 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS for Sale

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This Monster S4RS was the ultimate incarnation of Ducati’s first-generation naked bike. The very first air-cooled Monsters were sporty and fun, but quickly outpaced by bikes like Triumph’s updated, bug-eyed Speed Triple, Aprilia’s Tuono, and the wild naked bikes from KTM. Luckily, Ducati already had the right engine for the job, and fitted their four-valve, liquid-cooled 998cc Testastretta engine into the bike for a huge jump in power that catapulted the bike back into class contention.

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Unfortunately, although the bike had the parts and the pedigree, the resulting bike didn’t really gel. In terms of pure numbers, it put Ducati back in the hunt, but it worked better in theory than in practice: the engine is stunning, but overpowers the bike a bit, handling isn’t quite as good as it should be given the quality suspension components, and the uncomfortable riding position and limited tank range make this more of a toy than a daily rider. Basically, it was more hairy than fast, and was cursed with Ducati’s frequent servicing requirements.

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Styling too is a bit compromised, with Miguel Galluzi’s elemental design burdened by several bulky radiators stuck to the front of the engine, with hoses and tubes running this way and that. Modern liquid-cooled Monsters have more thoughtfully-routed coolant systems, but the earlier bikes look a bit like a lash-up if you look closely. If posing and wheelies are your thing and the standard Monster’s power just doesn’t cut it, these make very fun and very fast point-and-squirt motorcycles with tons of sex appeal.

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From the original eBay listing: 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS for Sale

This is my  2007 Ducati Monster S4Rs Testastretta. I bought this bike brand new in 2007. It currently has 7,400 miles, with brand new tires, a new Shorai lithium-ion battery, and is up to date on all services. Service work has all been performed at Hall’s Ducati in Springfield Illinois. It has well over $13,000 in extras and performance upgrades. I’m not sure I can list everything it has, but I’ll try.

  • Full Termignoni exhaust system
  • Ducati Performance ECU
  • Ducati Performance airbox and high flow air filter
  • Nichol’s light weight fly wheel
  • Ducati Performance silicone coolant hoses
  • Oberon clutch slave cylinder
  • Fast By Ferracci clutch pressure plate
  • Speedy Moto clutch springs/caps
  • PSR clutch cover
  • PSR inspection plate cover
  • MPL tuning billet frame plugs
  • Rizoma bar ends
  • Rizoma bar end mirrors
  • Rizoma Graffio LED front turn signals
  • LED taillight with integrated, sequential turn signals
  • Rear tail chop/license plate relocation
  • Oberon billet gas cap
  • Ducati Performance rear sprocket carrier
  • RK Racing gold X-ring chain
  • Rizoma clip-on handle bars and triple clamp
  • Custom Ducati fluid reservoir caps
  • ASV control clamps
  • Pazzo Racing adjustable levers
  • Zero Gravity smoke windscreen
  • Custom fairing stabilizers
  • Dunlop Q3 tires-less than 500 miles on them
  • Stainless steel oil filter housing w/reusable filter
  • Shorai lithium-ion battery

The starting bid is $8,900 with no takers as yet and plenty of time left on the auction. For some people, a “custom bike” involves an Indianapolis Colts paintjob and chrome spikes. Seriously, you guys have no idea what sort of horrors we have to wade through to bring you these bikes featured on the site… Luckily, for Ducati owners, “custom” means a veritable smorgasbord of lightweight carbon, titanium bits, and booming exhausts, expensive updates to their already expensive machines. Honestly, you can pretty much buy a decent early carbureted Monster for what that full Termignoni exhaust costs…

-tad

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Monster Mash: 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS for Sale
Laverda November 17, 2016 posted by

Spooky Sportbike: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike 668 for Sale

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The Zane-era Laverda Ghost and Ghost Strike are extremely rare here in the USA. They were designed to fill the same niche as Ducati’s Monster and provide a profitable, parts-bin naked that would help put the struggling company into the black. The seller claims that the bike is “light, fast, loud, and powerful” and he’s probably mostly correct. At around 420lbs dry, it is relatively svelte and that exhaust is definitely not stock, so it’s likely pretty loud. The Ghost Strike generally came with a dual-exhaust, but this aftermarket two-into-one set up should save a bit of weight over the stock system in addition to increasing noise and power. Handling is excellent so the bike will definitely be quick down a twisted ribbon of asphalt, but “powerful” might be a bit of a stretch: the air-cooled 668 parallel-twin engine was a pretty ancient design and notably down on power compared to its competition from Bologna, with a claimed 70hp output.

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A quick look at the “gas tank” reveals something interesting: a lack of a filler cap. That’s because you’re really looking at the airbox and the tank filler is under a locking panel in the tail, which should be a conversation-starter anytime you’re gassing up. These bikes may look a bit like someone ripped the fairing off a CBR, but they’re very quirky machines that stress handling over power. The standard Ghost used a trellis frame similar to the Ducati, although this Ghost Strike features a beam frame that it uses identical geometry and is shared with the fully-faired 750S and Formula models.

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From the original eBay listing: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike 668 for Sale

Real deal.  Made in Italy. Rare and unique Laverda Ghost Strike 668.   Aluminum frame, fuel-injected, air-cooled parallel twin.  Carbon exhaust, Brembo brakes, etc.  Top of the line components.  If you want to ride something no one else has, this is for you!   Runs, rides and shifts perfectly.

Beautiful bike in great condition.  Never dropped.  Very slight imperfections from normal use.  Just had starter and flywheel replaced with OEM parts.   

This bike is light, fast, loud and powerful! 

The bike is missing passenger accommodations and its stock mirrors, but it does look better with these simple bar-end bits anyway. There are just a few hours left on the auction, with bidding up to $4,000. Certainly, a Monster will give you more bang for your buck, with much greater straight-line performance and parts availability. But handling from that Nico Bakker frame is famously good and these are rare as hen’s teeth, especially in the USA. If bidding stays low, this could be a very cool buy for someone with a desire to be a bit different.

-tad

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Spooky Sportbike: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike 668 for Sale
Ducati August 25, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Parts-Bin Exotic: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

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Ducati’s Monster was a wonder of parts-bin engineering and basically saved the company from financial ruin, becoming the company’s best-selling model of all time by a healthy margin and bringing Ducati’s mystique to the masses. The four-valve superbikes may have won the glory but they were highly impractical for daily use, expensive to maintain, and far too expensive for the average motorcycle enthusiast. But the Monster, introduced in 1993, used off-the-shelf components almost exclusively: just the tank, dash, seat, and a couple minimal body panels were exclusive to the model. The frame was from the 851 with some minor modifications to the tubing to allow a different airbox: apparently, the remote-reservoir shock from that model is a nice upgrade, if you can find one on eBay. The engine was the Pantah-derived 904cc L-twin from the air/oil-cooled 900SS, and the suspension and brakes were from the lower-spec SS-CR.

1995 Ducati M900 Dash

It was relatively cheap to manufacture, the standard bars and low seat height made it practical for a wide variety of users, and the handling good enough for its given purpose: urban riding, posing, and wheelies. Best of all, it was an Authentic Ducati and made Authentic Ducati Noises. Aside from your average Harley, you won’t likely find a bike with better aftermarket support than a Ducati Monster.

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You can throw money at the motor, stick on the suspension from a 748, fit a high-mount exhaust and go trackday riding. Replace everything on the bike with carbon fiber for a sleek custom show bike. Fit higher bars, a bikini fairing, some soft bags, and take it touring. That was almost the whole point: the Monster provided Ducati fans with a blank canvas so they could build whatever they wanted. Sure the limited steering lock sucked for city riding, and you have to deal with old-school Ducati service intervals: 6,000 valve checks and 12,000 timing belt changes can get a bit expensive if you pile on the miles and don’t do the work yourself.

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But the entry costs are incredibly cheap, with well-used examples available for as little as $3,000. Parts are easily sourced and these bikes are relatively simple machines, with only the unfamiliar desmodromic heads a barrier to your average home mechanic. This 11,000 mile example looks to be in very clean condition, with a ton of aftermarket parts and a Buy It Now price of just $4,500.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

Third year of production of the original carbureted, air & oil cooled, 2-valve per cylinder L-twin in OEM Grey livery with Bronze frame and wheels, (the same as the bike featured in the Guggenheims “Art Of The Motorcycle” show and book in the late ’90s.)  I am the second owner, since 2000.  This is a beautiful, low-mileage example; difficult to find in this condition.  It is a Cagiva-era bike so sports the elephant logos on many parts.  It has never been crashed, down or dropped.  Tank is clean, shiny metal inside; steering head bearings are smooth, swingarm bushings tight.  It has the desirable “V-2” cylinder heads.  The bike starts easily, idles properly and pulls strong through all 6 gears.  It features a number of aftermarket parts including:

  • Ducati C/F Bikini Fairing
  • ROADRACING billet aluminum mirrors
  • Corbin C/F cover seat w/Grey piping
  • C/F tailsection with integrated turn signals
  • Ventilated alloy clutch cover
  • Beringer clutch slave cylinder
  • C/F slip on exhausts
  • Airbox mod with K&N filter
  • Mikuni carbs jetted for intake/exhaust mods

The bike is current on service and is approaching it’s 12K-mile belt/valve inspection.  Tires are older and, while showing plenty of tread, could stand to be freshened.

Included with the bike will be the OEM seat; factory toolkit and owner’s manual, an additional period OEM instrument cluster with Tachometer, (the existing speedo will transfer into this unit.) A pair of C/F timing belt covers.

1995 Ducati M900 L Side Engine

Obviously, the new owner should be prepared to shell out some money for the upcoming service. The valve check is important, but the belt change is absolutely critical: a blown engine will turn your affordable exotic into an expensive garage decoration very quickly. Some of the carbon bits on this bike are from the lower end of the spectrum: you’d never mistake those DanMoto carbon cans for Termignonis, but they probably sound great and look much better than the stock items. And I’m familiar with that ugly War of the Worlds rear turn signal unit but I’d never actually seen on installed before, probably for good reason. Most kits used to clean up the rear of the bike require cutting a couple extended tubes off the end of the frame and many are worried that removing them will reduce the value of their bike. This kit kept the frame intact and incorporated more modern indicator lights into the sides. Definitely not to my taste, but easy to change if you don’t like it.

Overall, the Ducati Monster remains what it was always meant to be: an affordable entry to Ducati ownership. But that means that many examples have been thrashed and abused, making clean, low-mileage examples like this one increasingly hard to come by.

-tad

1995 Ducati M900 L Side

Low-Mileage Parts-Bin Exotic: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale
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That Bike is a – 2002 Ducati Monster S4 Fogarty #253

As special editions go, the Fogarty Monster is more than just paint.  Starting with the 916 powerplant, adding a catalogue of carbon bits, then the bold graphics, and finally a nicely designed number plate including Carl’s signature, it’s a nice tribute.  The 4-time WSBK champion started with Honda but achieved all of his championships with Ducati.  Flexible like a Monster, he also won at Isle of Man, Le Mans, and managed the Petronas FP1 team.

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2002 Ducati Monster F4 Fogarty for sale on eBay

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Ducati made the water-cooled 4-valve engine available in the Monster starting in 2001, answering calls for more power with 101 hp.  The steel trellis frame adapted from the ST4 is up to the task, helped by the 43mm inverted Showa forks and aluminum swingarm with adjustable Sachs monoshock.  The two-into-two exhaust ends with carbon guards and Termignoni mufflers.  Brembo brakes all around, dual 320mm floating front disks and 245mm rear.  Carbon highlights are everywhere, the fender, mudguard, radiator shroud, air scoops, cam belt covers, side panels, clutch cover, chain guard, and chin spoiler, so much it’s a real statement.

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Looking great for its 5,700 miles, this S4 appears stock except for the blingy reservoir caps and absence of mirrors.  The owner has also added a chassis lighting kit, there’s just not all that much you can improve on a Foggy.  Some I’ve seen have a monoposto seat fairing, but this one has a biposto ( carbon look ) seat.  From the eBay auction:

I just got a great deal on a Jeep and now need to sell my bike so you get a great deal on my S4 Monster Limited Edition Foggy. Check out all the cool detail and stock carbon fiber, its too much to list everything. I put my hand on the exhaust after a long ride and can’t even feel the heat.

ONLY HAS 5,600 miles and climbing because I do ride it but it is in near-mint condition. This motorcycle needs absolutely nothing and is 100% ready to ride. She has been meticulously cared for and I just installed a light kit that makes the bike even hotter.

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Sweet handling and light weight made the extra ponies in the S4 a real bonus.  Milder cams and careful ECU programming resulted in a wider torque band, making the bike more fun in town and out in the country.  The 916 mill was helped by the lack of bodywork and overheating worries became occasional instead of constant.  One of 300, the Fogarty commemorative will always be as rare as Monsters are commonplace.  The drivetrain updates and nice components make the S4 a keeper, without even factoring in the Foggy edition paint and carbon fiber everything.

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I can almost forgive the guy for selling to buy a jeep, but he’s out in Illinois and it’s toward the end of November after all.  The lights, well…

-donn

That Bike is a – 2002 Ducati Monster S4 Fogarty #253